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Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

Mosquito House

Malaria House

Several JHMRI groups have advanced their malaria vector mosquito research, aiming at novel innovative control strategies, to the point where semi-field studies have become a necessity. A Mosquito House based on a modified greenhouse, that simulates a natural mosquito ecosystem, that will provide this capability, has been constructed. It will enable the validation of laboratory-based research findings and their further exploration at semi-field conditions. The sphere acts as a step between the lab and the field, prior to malaria control implementation.

The 98 feet long and 66 feet wide steel framed malaria sphere is built on a concrete slab with walls made of netting. Six inside rooms (compartments) can mimic the local climate and ecosystem without letting mosquitoes in or out. One of the sphere compartments contains a hut — creating “indoor/outdoor” venues for tests, along with native plants, grasses and domestic animals of the region.

Examples of the ongoing JHMRI projects that will utilize this facility are: